The Turkmen-Uzbek Economic Forum was held in the capital of Uzbekistan
The Turkmen-Uzbek Economic Forum was held in Tashkent within the framework of the official visit of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Uzbekistan.
The leaders and representatives of the key economic ministries and departments, as well as business of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan discussed the issues on investment to industry, power energy, agriculture and transport sector of two countries-neighbors.
During the economic forum the bilateral meetings of the representatives of delegations of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were held, in the course of which the specific investment projects and areas of the bilateral cooperation in the economic sector were discussed.
The signing ceremony of the bilateral documents also took place within the Turkmen-Uzbek Economic Forum.
THE HEAD OF TURKMENISTAN DEFINED THE PRIORITIES FOR EFFECTIVE INTERACTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN SEOUL
Today, on November 18, during his video address to the participants of the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the need of further expansion of mutually beneficial dialogue in promising areas of interest.
The Head of Turkmenistan also drew participants’ attention to the most relevant issues of regional agenda and prospects of the development of mutually beneficial partnership in Eurasia. Turkmen-Korean relationship performance in bilateral and multilateral formats was underlined.
Development of effective trade-economic, energy ties, transport-transit corridors became another theme for the discussions.
In his speech the President of Turkmenistan, having noted the significance of the development of cooperation in the sphere of health protection, “green growth”, food security, emphasized the need for activation of a joint work with authoritative international and regional structures.
He also noted great prospects for multilateral activities in the sphere of humanitarian interaction. “The year of 2021 declared by the UN General Assembly on Turkmenistan’s initiative as the Year of Peace and Trust, is coming to an end. This initiative was based on the desire to attract attention of the world community to the need of strengthening of the peace culture and respectful dialogue, eliminating the trust deficit in interstate relations”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
Expanding human contacts through historical, cultural and educational ties, which were also identified as a priority of the Republic of Korea’s New Northern Economic Policy, is put forward as a solution to a common problem.
PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR NORTHERN ECONOMIC COOPERATION
On November 18, 2021, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov delivered a video address at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea in a hybrid format.
Serving as a multilateral platform to promote economic cooperation in the Eurasian continent, this forum annually brings together prominent statesmen, representatives of business circles, world-renowned experts, as well as members of international and regional organizations. This year the Forum was launched under the motto “30 Years of Northern Cooperation: Toward a Future of Peace and Prosperity”.
In his video address to the Forum participants, the President of Turkmenistan expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the Republic of Korea and noted that Turkmenistan views this representative forum as an important international platform for discussing and promoting strategic areas of economic cooperation throughout the Eurasian continent, as well as in a bilateral format with the Korean side.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan supports constructive steps to consolidate the efforts of the international community aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, the Leader of the Nation added, “in this context, we see a lot in common in the development and implementation of sustainable development programs and strategies on the Eurasian continent, which forms the basis of the New Northern Economic Policy of the Republic of Korea and the strategic course of Turkmenistan aimed at “Revival of the Great Silk Road”.
Countering the coronavirus pandemic and prevention of politicization of the international community’s efforts in this direction were among the key topics of the current forum. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the need to further intensify cooperation within the UN, WHO and other reputable international organizations. “In general, we see good prospects for joint work on the implementation of projects in high-tech industries”, noted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The current Forum also considered issues on further promotion of multilateral cooperation in the field of energy, transport, environment and digitalization.
A briefing dedicated to the international events with Turkmenistan participation was held at the Turkmen Foreign Ministry
On November 16, 2021, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan a briefing was organized which was dedicated to the results of the visit of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Turkey where the Leader of Turkmenistan took part at the Eighth Summitof the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), as well as to the issues of the preparation to the Summit of the Heads of the Member-States of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) under the chair of Turkmenistan, which is to take place on November 28 of the current year.
Heads and representatives of the local media and foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan took part at the press-briefing. Representatives of foreign mass media from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, India, United Arab Emirates, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine also participated to the briefing by videoconferencing.
Having warmly greeted the participants of the briefing, the deputy head of the foreign political agency of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev especially noted the importance of the current meeting from the point of view of all-round activation of international interaction of our country on authoritative platforms of regional and global significance.
He underlined that the main themes of today’s briefing are the results of the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Turkey which took place on November 12 of the current year.
By highlighting the main vectors emanating from the speech of the Leader of Nation at the 8th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), V.Hajiyev underlined the significance of Turkmenistan’s joining the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States as an observer.
It was specifically noted that the 8th Summit of the Turkic Council held in Istanbul marks a new milestone in the interaction of Turkmenistan with the Turkic-speaking states where there are broad opportunities for the joint work in such spheres as economy, trade, investments, ecology, science, education and some other perspective fields.
The briefing gave an opportunity to consider the key directions of work of the important regional structure – the Turkic Council which unites Turkic-speaking public, who has verified that the cultural values unite the peoples of the world and strengthen humanitarian dialogue between the countries.
During the second part of the briefing the participants got acquainted with the progress of the preparatory work to the 15th Summit of the Heads of the Member-states of the Economic Cooperation Organization under the chair of Turkmenistan which will be held on November 28, 2021 in Ashgabat.
As is known, Turkmenistan as a country which chairs this year in the ECO and as a receiving state of the Summit of the Organization, conducts preparatory work on the very high level.
Within the framework of the main events the Meeting of the Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Economic Cooperation Organization as well as the Business Forum of the member-countries of the ECO will be held.
In the meaningful speeches of the participants it was highlighted that the dynamic, consistent and innovational character of the peace-loving foreign policy strategy of our state constitutes the basis for the steady strengthening of international authority and the growth of its role in regional and global geopolitics.
Thus, the Meeting of the Leaders of the member-countries of the ECO, which will take place on November 28, on the Foundation Day of the Organization will be a good opportunity for the exchange of views on a broad range of issues, being the biggest final event of the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in this authoritative Organization.
The representatives of the mass media during the briefing received not only detailed information on the latest events in the international life of our state, presented by the speakers, but also the opportunity to ask their questions.
THE TALKS BETWEEN THE HEADS OF THE FOREIGN POLICY AGENCIES OF TURKMENISTAN AND AUSTRIA TOOK PLACE IN ASHGABAT
Today, on November 9, a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria Michael Linhart who arrived to the Turkmen capital on a working visit took place in the premises of the MFA.
R.Meredov in his welcoming speech said that Turkmenistan is interested in further activation of bilateral and multilateral collaboration with Austria on every field of mutual interest.
In the course of the constructive talk the heads of the foreign policy agencies of the two countries considered the key vectors of bilateral cooperation, as well as exchanged views on actual issues of international agenda. It was noted the significance of mutual support of each other’s initiatives within the framework of authoritative international organizations.
In this context it was highlighted the readiness of Turkmenistan and Austria to build-up fruitful cooperation in the spheres of political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction. The need of further intensification of the contacts in the fields of energy, transport, trade, economics, health protection, education, science and culture with the active participation of state and business structures of the two countries was expressed.
The holding of the regular 11th meeting of Joint Turkmen-Austrian Commission in the first half of 2022 was proposed.
Concerning the theme of regional dialogue on strengthening security and provision of stable growth, the Ministers focused on the need of further consolidation of efforts of international community on peaceful and humanitarian settlement of the Afghan question. The timeliness of the online-meeting on the situation in Afghanistan which took place on the initiative of the Austrian side at the end of August of the current year was highlighted.
Within the framework of the meeting the presentation of investment opportunities in participation of the heads of the MFA of the two countries, the heads of the relevant departments of Turkmenistan and representatives of the business circles of Austria was held.
Following the negotiations R.Meredov and M.Linhart signed Cooperation Program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria for the years of 2022 and 2023.
TALKS WITH THE REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UN OHCHR FOR CENTRAL ASIA
On November 3, 2021, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev met with the Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia, Ryszard Komenda, via videoconference.
Dmitry Shlapachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, also took part in the meeting.
During the meeting, the sides discussed issues related to further development of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN specialized agencies on human rights. There was a constructive exchange of views on strengthening and protection of human rights, including implementation of the obligations and provisions of the human rights conventions in which Turkmenistan takes part.
Noting Turkmenistan's achievements in the field of human rights, the sides discussed procedures for the practical implementation of humanitarian standards in national legislation.
As is known, Turkmenistan, consistently fulfilling its obligations in the humanitarian sphere, has acceded to most UN conventions, covenants and protocols on human rights. The protection of human rights and gender development issues are reflected in the national programs of socio-economic development of Turkmenistan.
The sides also discussed the activities of the Working Group of the Interdepartmental Commission on compliance with Turkmenistan's international obligations on human rights and international humanitarian law. In this regard, the sides considered the key areas of implementation of the Joint Action Plan of the Interdepartmental Commission on compliance with Turkmenistan's international obligations on human rights and international humanitarian law and of the United Nations (UN) Mission in Turkmenistan for the second half of 2021.
Regular contacts between the Government of Turkmenistan and the International Labor Organization (ILO) for the coordination of joint projects and the organization of visits to Turkmenistan by ILO experts were emphasized.
During the talks, gratitude was expressed to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia for organizing and conducting meetings related to the provision of technical assistance and coordination of activities in the implementation of UN projects on human rights.